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How To Cure Dog Anal Gland Problems

Impacted Anal Glands (Sacs) - Natural Treatment
SIGNS 
You see your pet scooting across the floor rubbing his/her rear end. Rover or kitty is licking their bottom more than usual. The area around the anus is swollen or inflamed.

CAUSES
95% of the time anal gland problems are due to diet. Anal glands are part of your pet’s anatomy. They lay just under the anus at 5 and 8 o’clock (see image). The glands are designed to excrete a smelly fluid when your pet defecates. They give a particular scent to the stool. The glands can become blocked if your pet isn’t having regular bowel movements, or there is only a small stool volume. Anal sacs normally empty and refill each day, but it is not uncommon for either dogs or cats to have an issue with these small glands. Changes in diet will usually fix this problem. 

SOLUTIONS 

NATURAL TREATMENT FOR ANAL GLAND PROBLEMS

CHANGE your dogs diet!!! Try to remember what you were feeding your dog prior to the current anal gland problems. Diet is the number one cause of anal gland issues. 

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The best way to keep anal glands clear: 
Microwave one large sweet potato wrapped in paper towel with water in a bowl for about 12 minutes. Scoop out sweet potato into a small bullet blender add 2 to 3 oz of boiled chicken breast. Crush 4 American Health original papaya enzyme pills make sure they are original papaya. 

Take one fresh coconut and drill a hole through the mouth. Drain out the water and taste it to make sure it is sweet tasting if it is sour through it out. Add 2oz of fresh coconut milk to the blender and fill the rest up with purified water.

Blend all together and feed it to the dog. YEAH!!!! This remedy works.

You can always add carrots, green beans or other non toxic veggies to the blended mix. Feed vitamin on the side.

You can offer the dog dry food and milk bone treats after visiting the vet to verify the glands are still clear. More than likely they will not eat the dry food. Never give the dog any treats or raw hides from China. Castor and Pollock's have excellent dog food, treats and raw hides. They are expensive but well worth the cost in quality.  

Bring the dog back to the vet every week for the next month to check the anal glands. If there are any blockages immediately remove dry food and treats from the dogs diet. This will help you determine what NOT to give your dog.

SOME say the below 4 listed methods work. They did not work for my dogs. Try them if you want to.

1. BULK UP
. Additional dietary fiber will increase stool volume, naturally putting pressure on the anal glands, helping them empty. Good sources of fiber include Metamucil (1 tsp per 10 lbs of body weight daily), oat bran (1 tsp per 10 lbs of body weight daily), carrots (1/8 cup per 10 lbs of body weight daily) or canned pumpkin (great for cats, 1 tbsp daily).

2. MOVE IT. Regular exercise helps in the expression of the glands. Your pet should get at least 15 minutes of exercise twice daily. Regular exercise strengthens abdominal and rectal muscles which can put more pressure on the sacs so they drain.

3. HOMEOPATHIC REMEDIES. Silica is a homeopathic medicine used for obstructed anal glands. The dose is 3 pellets of Silica 6C twice daily for 3-5 days or give them 2-3 drops twice a day for three days. 

OR

4. 100mg of slippery elm and 100mg of L-Glutamine 3 times a day in dogs food.

NONE of the recommended methods worked with my dogs. When I change their diet the anal gland problems disappeared.

HOW TO EXPRESS ANAL GLANDS YOURSELF. It may not be the most enjoyable job, but it is the best way to relieve the problem. First, take your pet to the bathtub and apply lukewarm water to clean his bottom. Slip into some latex exam gloves and lift your pet’s tail. The glands lay at 4 and 8 o’clock. With the tissue in your right hand, use your thumb and index finger to express one of your dog's anal glands. Start from the bottom below the anus and pinch in and move your fingers up while still applying slight pressure. Do one side at a time. You can rupture an anal sac so be careful. 

If you tried it a couple of times and nothing comes out of his anus. There are two explanations for this, one there is nothing in the sac or two they are compacted. Take your dog to a veterinarian. He or she will express it for you.pain for yourself and your pet. Better safe than sorry.

SOME HEAT. Soak a washcloth in Epsom salts 1/2 cup to 1 gallon warm water, and hold it to your pet’s bottom for about 10 minutes twice daily. If your pet will allow it, you can also put some pressure on the glands while using the compress - this may help them drain.

You can also try placing your hand over your pet's rear and gently rocking it back and forth. This will often assist them in draining.

Another remedy is to give them a soak. If your dog will tolerate sitting in a warm bath for five to ten minutes once or twice a day, this might be the best treatment. Use one cup of Epsom salts to 2 gallons of warm. 


Infections and Abscesses

If the rear end looks red or swollen, there is blood or pus in the secretions or signs of pain, your dog may have an anal sac infection. Antibiotics will be needed to treat the infection. If left untreated, anal sac infections can abscess and spread.

An abscess will cause swelling and redness around the anus. This is a condition that needs to be treated immediately by a veterinarian. The gland infection will need to be lanced and drained.

If your dog has recurrent anal sac infections, your veterinarian may recommend removing the glands.

If you see a red bump on the right or left side of the dog's rectum more than likely the dog has an anal gland infection. Immediately take your dog to the vet. Most antibiotics alone do not resolve an anal gland issue.

Below is a guaranteed way to eliminate anal gland infection the first time around.

1. Once the vet has lanced the infected anal gland area begin by squeezing Resortin ointment into the wound 3 times a day until it is healed.

2. For every 30lbs of dog give 100mg of Doxycycline and 250mg of Clavamox twice a day. The Doxycycline with prevent and future bacteria from growing and the Clavamox will kill current bacteria in the area. One without the other does not usually work on anal gland infections.

Note: Do NOT give your pet any dairy or calcium for 2 hours before or after taking doxycycline as it will absorb the drug. Do not give Clavamox and Doxycycline together. Wait 2 hours in between doses otherwise your dog will have a VERY upset stomach.


3. This is the most important step. Stop feeding your dog any and all dog food. Feed the dog only the sweet potato and chicken recipe.

DIET is the NUMBER ONE cause of anal gland malfunction.


Anal Gland Cure Guaranteed  

Best way to keep anal glands clear: 
Microwave one large sweet potato wrapped in paper towel with water in a bowl for about 12 minutes. Scoop out sweet potato into a small bullet blender add 2 to 3 oz of boiled chicken breast. Crush 4 American Health original enzyme papaya pills make sure they are original papaya.

Take one fresh coconut and drill a hole through the mouth. Drain out the water and taste it to make sure it is sweet tasting if it is sour through it out. Add 2oz of fresh coconut milk to the blender and fill the rest up with purified water.

Blend all together and feed to dog.

You can offer your dog dry food and dog milk bones after visiting the vet to verify the glands are still clear. More than likely they will not eat the dry food.

Bring the dog back to the vet every week for the next month to check the anal glands. If there are any blockages immediately remove the dry food from the dogs diet. You can always add carrots or other veggies to the blended mix. Feed vitamin on the side.

While the dog is taking antibiotics it is important to give him/her an acidophilus pearl in the morning and the evening. Also give 5 curing pills twice a day. This will keep the dog from having nausea and or diarrhea. Use a little whipped cream cheese on the pills this will make them go down easy. 
  
Take the dog to the vet every week then every other week then once a month to insure the problem is resolved.  Once you have stablized the dog do not change their diet. 

Most problems with dog anal glands involve an impaction or an abscess. Other, less common problems include fistulas, polyps and cancer, and perianal adenoma.

Another remedy I have not used is a product called Glandex - Anal Gland Fiber Supplement for Dogs & Cats (4 oz.) Click here for product information


Infections and Abscesses

If it is red, there is blood or pus in the secretions or signs of pain, your dog could have an anal sac infection. Antibiotics will be needed to treat the infection. If left untreated, anal sac infections can abscess.

An abscess will cause swelling and redness around the anus. This is a condition that must be treated by a veterinarian. The glands will need to be lanced and drained.

If your dog has recurrent anal sac infections, your veterinarian may recommend removing the glands.

Perianal Fistulas

Fistulas are open sores in the perianal skin. Often, there is also an internal opening into the rectum. This condition is most common in German Shepherds but other breeds are also susceptible. It appears similar to an abscess, but it is a more complicated condition, often requiring surgery.

Perianal Adenomas

These are hormone-related growths around the anus, usually seen in male dogs over the age of six. They can enlarge, ulcerate and bleed. These growths are usually not cancerous and treatable with surgery.

Polyps and Cancer

Polyps and cancer of the anus are rare. Similar in appearance to adenomas, they should be biopsied and removed.

Tips To Prevent Anal Gland Problems

  • Keep your dog at a healthy weight. Obesity increases the likelihood of anal sac problems.
  • Feed a high quality food that contains a meat as its first ingredient. Make sure you NEVER feed your dog a product with corn or corn meal. 
  • Add sweet potatoes, carrots, bananas, pears, squash, peas, bran and Italian olive oil to your dog's rations. These foods will provide bulk and improve your dog's overall digestive health.
  • Regular, vigorous exercise will stimulate the gastrointestinal tract.
  • Dog digestive problems such as diarrhea and constipation are often improved by the addition of a probiotic (petdopholis or acidopholis pearls) supplement. These supplements will increase the beneficial bacteria naturally present in your dog's gut.
MY STORY:

I have 3 beagles 2 have NEVER had any anal gland problems for over 6 years. I switched their soft food portion to fresh select complete meals. I gave them a half of cup of fresh select and 1/2 cup of dry small dog food from Costco.

Within 2 months all three dogs had compacted anal glands and one dog had an anal gland infection. I immediately switched back to Blue for 2 dogs and put my other dog on the sweet potato recipe until the infection was gone.  

All dogs exercised regularly and get fiber added to their diets.

ANY diet changes can cause anal gland blockages. Even if you think the food is good it might not be good for your pet. If your pet is having anal gland problems, try to remember what food they ate prior to the anal gland issue. 


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